Synth legend Vince Clarke is conducting a pretty unique “synth” competition, namely the first International Synth Gurning Competition. Synth Gurning is defined as the art of producing synth sounds or effects using just the voice whilst pulling a funny face.
The concept for this contest is simple: video yourself making your own synth sound or effect with just your voice. Clarke is also looking for ‘interesting facial expression’ (gurning), to enhance the performance. Upload the video to YouTube and tweet him (@thecabinstudio) the link before midnight (UK) on August 16th 2013.
Just in case you don’t know what this means, you can view a video of Vince Clarke below showing you how to do it.
Clarke will be giving away his own personally autographed, limited-edition, Mute Synth to the best performer, and will sign certificates of distinction for the runners up.
Erasure’s Vince Clarke demonstrates the art of ‘Synth Gurning’ as part of his introduction to The First International Synth Gurning Competition which is currently running on his website here…
Korg are now giving away nice little USB stick versions of the microKORG if you purchase a microKORG or microKORG XL+.
And if you are not into KORG stuff, then these may better fit your taste:
In the MooG for Love
Animation film tribute to Legend of Electronic music KLAUS SCHULZE.
Directed by James L. Frachon
These “cut-outs” are faithful counterparts paperboard kits * of some mythical synthezisers which make me dream since ages (I’m almost vintage too !).
I’m still dreaming…
A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.
Captioning kindly provided by CHS (www.chs.ca)
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Here’s a nice new toy demo from Analog Audio, details below:
Are you tired of cold, digital sounding recordings? The fully analogue QuickShot Studio 4 allows you to bring back the warmth of analogue in your recordings. The Studio 4 contains a great mixing console, a tape recorder, a microphone and very useful effects for the daily studio work…
QuickShot has also produced other high quality studio equipment like the “Sound Machine”. This is a similar machine, just instead of the effects it contains a synthesizer ;-).
It came with shoulder straps, microphone and headphones.
As a kid I always wanted it, but nobody wanted to buy it for me… my parents had no clue how important analog recording to me was
Do you have any idea of what you get if you combine 44 beer cans with an Arduino board and a Raspberry PI ?
We will tell you : fantastic user engagement!
We did this at Webstock, event which took place in Bucharest in September. Staropramen, one of the sponsors of the event asked us for an innovative way to offer a trip to Prague to one of the event’s guests.
So, we came up with a keyboard made out of 44 Staropramen beer cans. Each beer can was a key, and whenever someone touched it, the corresponding letter appeared on a large plasma screen (just like any regular computer keyboard).
And the surprise was fantastic! The user experience and engagement overcame any expectation. Every single person who attended Webstock tried the keyboard and participated to the contest.
Behind the scene, the system is built around an Arduino board and a few capacitive controllers (just like the ones which are inside smartphones’ touch screens), connected to a Raspberry PI board which controls the plasma screen display.
A movie and some photos took during the event can be found here –
robofun.ro/create/beer-keyboard (feel free to use them if you want).
Webstock is the biggest blogging and social media event in Romania. Find out more about Webstock here – webstock.ro .
Robofun Create is a Romanian company specialised in creating cool on-demand technology products. Find out more about Robofun Create here – robofun.ro/create .
“I hooked up a USB bus-powered tiny TV to Piana. Now the little children of Stonehenge can play synthesizers. Or they could if I could find a similarly tiny keyboard.”
Needless to say – you cannot actually play it (as we have been informed), but still – pretty nice watch
Here’s what Aaron Apter has to say about this nice experiment:
“My cat Vincent is actually a synthesizer. A fluffy, orange synthesizer. I’m using Impaktor, which captures Vince’s acoustic impulses and uses them to excite various sound modules. With the aid of my iPad, Vinny and I kick out some jams. For more info on my other iOS music ventures, visit www.aaronapter.com”